Hammocks

Hammocks are a great alternative to tent camping and offer some key advantages. Since the hammock is off the ground, the ground itself does not need to be flat, level or free of debris. The trees, however, do need to be roughly the right distance apart and sufficiently sturdy to take the weight.

Where to hang a hammocks

Hanging a hammock from a pair of trees too close will cause the hammock to have an acute curve – not ideal for a comfortable night. Choose trees which are alive and strong enough not to bend or break. Check the area for any trees which could fall under heavy wind. The distance between the trees should be more than 150% further apart than the length of the hammock, but not more than 200%. For example, if the hammock is 11 ft long, try to find trees about 18 ft appart. The height at which the hammock attaches to the trees should then be at around 6 ft, and the angle of the cord to the hammock around 30 degrees.

How to strap a tree for hammocks

Use straps or webbing to provide plenty of friction and to avoid damaging the tree. Use a length of webbing with an overhand knot at each end and tuck one end through the other ends overhand knot. Have the working end come out at a position around the tree so that it goes towards the hammock. Under a load, the webbing will tighten equally around the tree.

 

Hang a hammock tarp

Tarps can be used above ground for a hammock, or on the ground like a tent. It is quite easy to hang a hammock tarp. Hang your hammock before you hang a hammock tarp. Essentially, there are 3 main steps.   Fix the ridge-line Some tarps have a reinforced ridge-line …

Hummingbird Hammock Review

Hummingbird Hammock Review The Hummingbird Hammock Ultralight Single Plus Hammock is ultralight and super strong. It fits into a regular sized coffee mug and weighs just 7.6oz (210 g). It packs down to just 6x4x2 in (15x10x5 cm) and unrolls from its integrated stuff sack to116x63 in (295×160 cm). Plenty of length for …

Hanging a Hammock – Pair of rings

There are many ways of hanging a hammock, this post describes perhaps the easiest and fastest method to hang a hammock using a pair of rings and paracord. Other posts describe how to use a farrimond hitch and how to use whoppies. The first thing to do is to lash to the tree. …

Hanging a Hammock – Farrimond hitch

There are many ways of hanging a hammock and this post describes how to use the farrimond hammock hanging technique. Also see how to hang a hammock with a pair of rings and using whoppies. Farrimond Hitch The great thing about this technique is that no other hardware is required, just some …

Hanging a Hammock – Whoopies

There are many ways of hanging a hammock, this post describes how to use whoppies. Other posts describe how to use a farrimond hitch and a pair of rings. The first thing to do is to lash to the tree. Prefer thicker rope or webbing over para-cord to avoid damaging the tree. Tree straps …